Alex Thompson and Danielle Farnsworth take the top places at Vale View


At his first show for a month with the 11-year-old Beluga, Alex Thompson landed the Blue Chip Dynamic B and C qualifier at Vale View.

Most disappointingly, entries were very light at this show and only six contended the first round, with three providing round one clears over Beau Wood’s 11-fence track to access the jump-off and take qualification. Blue Chip rules state only first round clears can qualify, there five qualifying places went begging here.

Maximising on Beluga’s ‘quick across the ground’ pace. Alex galloped into an unbeatable lead in mid-draw. The mare, bought by Laura Allan, Kay Palmer and Di Lund 18 months ago, joined Alex at his yard based locally to Vale View three months ago.

“She’s a trier and very careful, I’m looking to move her up a level now,” said Alex.

Vicky Bevan brought her Cantos/Orame nine-year-old Denzel II into second.

“This is his fifth show since the end of July and I’ve spent three months getting him fit, he was very fresh,” said Vicky.

Lucy Struthers claimed the final qualifying place in third on Portlaoise Errigal Cat, a 12-year-old by Errigal Flight.

Danielle Farnsworth has ridden the Nunn family’s Lancelot eight-year-old Sirnunn Lancelot Legend for less than a month, but they have quickly established a rapport with several places in newcomers and Foxhunter already. They registered their first win here, taking the Blue Chip Karma performance in fine style in the nine-horse decider.

“He’s very easy to do and ride,” said Danielle, who is now focusing on her imminent trip to the Spanish sunshine tour with four horses.

Beth Vernon claimed the second qualifying spot on the super-impressive Gentleman in their third competition toghether. The Vigaro/Phin Phin six-year-old – previously called Mannie and ridden by Holly Broad – was talent-spotted by Billy Twomey recently and bought through Julian Mincher.

Liane Smith took third on the Verdi seven-year-old mare Ferdi M with Harry Wainwright’s Dolia taking fourth. Rosie Bell and Cadwallader finished fifth, Clea Phillipps jumped into sixth on Night Tide II and taking the final Blue Chip qualifying places was Emily Chandler on Coopers Law and Alex Thompson with Dewpoint Diamond.

Lauren Appleyard galloped into the top spot in the 1.25m single phase on the 14-year-old gelding Jolie Boy. Paul Bevan and Coco Vittorio, a Vittorio/Voltaire 10-year-old bought from Paul Hendrix four and half years ago, finished second with Ross McDonald and Vigo B in third.

Saskia Strickland topped the newcomers with the nine-year-old mare Del Conca, relegating Clea Phillipps into second on Entebbe, a C Indoctro II eight-year-old. Alex Thompson claimed third on Misdimena with Caroline Barnes in fourth aboard Model Class.

Caroline won the British novice aboard the Irish six-year-old Cranny Valentina, pushing Thomas Dovkants into second on the eight-year-old Wow Factor. And Charlie Hughes headed the discovery on Elcardo, a Quintender eight-year-old, from Willa Newton and the 10-year-old Calzini.

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